Tafika

Reviews of Tafika

Excellent(98%) From 269 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 269 of our travellers who have visited Tafika, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs D from Cambridge
Arrived on: 17-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tafika review

A home from home in the African bush. The post-dusk drives give an extra dimension and open up a whole new spectrum of species to see. The typical day at Tafika gave us 9+ hours on game drives.

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Mr & Mrs N from Hampshire
Arrived on: 17-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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A lovely time

The guiding provided by Stephen Banda was excellent, both on walks and game drives and some of the best we have ever experienced on trips to South Luangwa. We did track lions on foot one morning and, after several hours criss crossing the grassland, we did come face to face with a lioness who eyeballed us balefully from only 30 feet away!

We were given the Honeymoon Tent for our 6 night stay and so had twin showers and wash basins, which we appreciated, plus being furthest away from the main centre of the camp, we did not have other guests walking by, which seemed a slight issue for some of the other tents. We did feel the furnishings were a little below the standard of other camps we have stayed at., e.g small bath towels rather than more ample sized bath sheets, which seemed a little mean. We were surprised that no one was ever present to greet us with hot or cold towels after walks and drives - something every other camp seems to do as standard. We were given a lovely surprise bottle of bubbly for our last night's Sundowner! Jen and Nick made us feel particularly welcome and were very accommodating of my need for assistance getting in and out of vehicles and canoes.

The food was really excellent and an alternative to fish was provided for me without any reminder thanks to Expert Africa for passing on my preferences.

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Expert Africa comments

We are glad that these travellers had such a lovely trip, and have passed on the additional comments to Tafika, who responded:

"We have noted the constructive comments and are addressing a number of small things (towels intended for use upon return from activities are now in camp), which we hope will translate into an even better in-camp experience. We appreciate the thought and will continue to work hard to offer the very best that we are able to!"

Mr & Mrs D from Cambridge
Arrived on: 10-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Warm and friendly welcome back to Tafika

Such a welcoming and friendly place, like coming home. Food was outstanding, service excellent. Guides very knowledgable. Fabulous night sightings of genet, civet, slender and white railed mongooses, elephant shrews and an adorable Scops owl.

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Mr M & Ms T from London
Arrived on: 4-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Still a great experience on our second visit

The new generation handled the guests and the camp well

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Mr & Mrs K from Gwent
Arrived on: 8-Nov-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nice stay, good guides and good company

The overall stay was really nice, with good sightings, good food etc, but I was not keen on the rooms. Basic is nice on safari, but basic can be overdone.

Excellent location, very friendly and informative staff and management.

Overall a good stay

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Mr P. from Chilterns
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Tafika review

Great.

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Mr P. from Chilterns
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tafika review

Magnificent throughout, and very civilised.

We had some 'interesting' moments but very well handled by excellent guide Stephen Banda.

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Mr & Mrs B from Bristol
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tafika review

As noted earlier... [Ed: see below]

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Mr & Mrs B from Bristol
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Tafika is our favourite safari camp...

Ours second visit to Tafika and it was just as good as the first time.

We considered going to another camp but felt that Tafika offered us everything we were looking for and we were not disappointed.

Just the right level of comfort, excellent guides and fine food.

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Mr +Mrs K from South Brent
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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High class and run by very experienced people

Tafika is run by very experienced people who have been there a long time.

One of us was ill on arrival and the attention and support provided, particularly by Jen Coppinger, was exemplary. We were located, as requested, close to the Sitenje, making movement to and fro much easier. However, this did mean our veranda was very public, so we made little use of it in the afternoons. Otherwise, the room was very comfortable and luxurious.

The camp is well located with views over the Luangwa river, so there were plenty of sightings from camp of elephants, antelopes, hippos, crocodiles and birds. A Pels owl called behind our chalet, though we never saw it.

Our guide, Brian, had more than 20 years experience at Tafika and was very knowledgeable. We saw plenty of wildlife over our 3 days. Tafika has a strong focus on walking safaris. With no water based options, our activities were confined to game drives. As Tafika is outside the park, these became rather repetitive, with the same drive out along the river every time. Brian was reluctant to take the only other route, to the salt pan, in the day time, despite us requesting this, so we missed sightings of African wild dogs which we had particularly wanted to see. The lack of use of radios meant guides did not hear of unusual sightings elsewhere. We did have excellent lion, leopard, Thornycroft giraffe, zebra and elephant sightings, as well as a very shy Eland.

Food was generally good, though meat was often tough, even Zambian beef, which was beautifully tender in our other camps. The vegetables were a highlight and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the wonderful vegetable garden at the back, which Nelson proudly showed us. For our taste, meals are somewhat formally hosted, so despite the excellent service and care, we never totally relaxed.

The exemplary service was finally illustrated by the couriering of a phone to our next camp which we had accidentally left charging in the camp.

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